• A sunny sojourn in Scarborough

    It's a bank holiday - time for a well-deserved rest at the seaside?  After a dismal day of domestic disharmony, the frazzled 1950s housewife, who stars in this wonderful promo film for Wallace Arnold, certainly thought so. So, pack your cossie and sun hat (or knotted hanky) and join Joan as she heads by coach to Scarborough, with a couple of quick pitstops in York and Thornton-le-Dale en route.

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  • The 70th Anniversary of V.E. Day

    To commemorate the 70th anniversary of V.E. Day, YFA have added three new films, which capture the celebrations that took place across Yorkshire, to our online catalogue.

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  • Tour de Yorkshire

    Friday 1st May saw the start of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, with riders from all over the world taking part! To mark the occasion, we searched through our collections and chose a selection of great films made in some of the places that the riders passed through.   

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  • Happy Easter!

    If you’re a chocoholic, there’s only one place to be this Easter: York.  The annual Chocolate Festival runs from 3rd to 6th April, and to celebrate we’re featuring a couple of adverts from the Rowntree collection.  Do you remember Cherries in the Dark (1968) and Cabana (1977)? Both products were discontinued many years ago, but thanks to these fabulous films their memory lives on! 

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YFA Selects

1978
1485
This is a documentary film showing the traditional taking down, re-painting and putting back up, of the maypole in the centre of...
1959
1414
In his film The East Riding, filmmaker A.R. Smith focuses on the industrial landscape of the Riding including the agriculture and...
1957
985
This film records the work of a local grocery store in Market Weighton.  The film was made by the owner of the store. ...

YFA Innovations

  • Memory Bank is an award-winning series of innovative DVD resource packs using archive films to bring past events and experiences to life, prompting stories and memories to share and enjoy. Great for reminiscence, memory and life story work, for older people and those with...

  • Every week, Yorkshire's film heritage is brought to life thanks to our exciting new web application, featuring footage from major events and magic moments in days gone by. The Yorkshire Calendar already features on a number of Yorkshire websites, and could appear on yours...

  • Family Film Tree is an interactive genealogy website under development by YFA.  Search hundreds of archive film clips to illustrate how generations of your family lived, worked, and played throughout the 20th Century.